A terminally-ill grandmother undergoing treatment for cancer was reduced to tears after a kind-hearted stranger from Heron Foods delivered her favourite meal to her front door.
Jeanette Woods, of Bishop Auckland, was diagnosed with cancer in April last year, with a life expectancy of less than two years.
As her treatment affects her appetite, Mrs Wood’s sister, Hazel, set herself the task of tracking down her favourite Holland’s potato and meat pies to help her younger sister gain her appetite back.
After discovering that we stocked the pies, Hazel called the store from Manchester and spoke to deputy manager of our Bishop Auckland store, Lisa Peacock.
Lisa said: ”Hazel asked if we stocked Holland’s meat and potato pies and then she asked how much she would have to spend for us to deliver them.
“I explained that our store doesn’t currently offer home delivery, but then she explained that her sister was unwell and that she really loved these pies and they couldn’t buy them anywhere else.
“I asked where she lived and realised it was only around the corner and she only wanted a couple, so I offered to buy them and drop them off.”
Lisa finished her shift and drove to Mrs Woods’ house where she was met by Mrs Woods’ husband, Bob.
Mrs Woods, said: ”I just burst into tears. I had no idea she was coming, and I just thought it was so kind.
“My sister still lives in Manchester and is always sending me gifts through the post to help me, but her latest effort was the greatest surprise.
“She made it her mission to find somewhere up here that sells Hollands meat and potato pies and when Lisa walked into my living room and explained the story I was really moved by this act of kindness from a stranger.”
Mrs Woods, who celebrated her ruby wedding anniversary last year, said she is a firm believer in miracles and is determined to stay positive.
Mr Woods added:
“I think it’s incredible, you hear about these random acts of kindness and this is one of them, for a stranger to do something so lovely is quite special.”
Images: Sarah Caldecott
This article originally appeared in The Northern Echo, Tuesday, August 8, 2017